Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The shifting weather in Abilene can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the cooler months. Of course, complete home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it behaving oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Using a new battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. Furnace filters have been the cause for quite a few furnace repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Close to the furnace and normally look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your furnace and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A routine error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The experts at Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 325-200-4667.

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